ERIC Number: ED307747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
On Accepting Relationships between People with Mental Retardation and Nondisabled People: Towards an Understanding of Acceptance.
Taylor, Steven J.; Bogdan, Robert
The paper outlines the "sociology of acceptance" as a theoretical framework for understanding relationships between people with mental retardation and typical people. Sociocultural perspectives on deviance are reviewed and their contribution to the study of mental retardation is considered. The paper next examines the nature of accepting relationships and describes four sentiments expressed by typical people who form relationships with people with mental retardation: family feelings; religious commitment; humanitarian sentiments; and feelings of friendship. The article concludes with a brief discussion of the implications of a sociology of acceptance for the field of mental retardation. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Community Programs, Friendship, Helping Relationship, Interpersonal Relationship, Mental Retardation, Qualitative Research, Religious Factors, Sociocultural Patterns, Sociology, Values
Syracuse University, Center on Human Policy, Research and Training Center on Community Integration, 724 Comstock Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244-4230 ($2.40).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.